News Essentials: 18th July 2016

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Law Commission opens consultation on its next programme of law reform
Commission proposes reviews of laws relating to surrogacy and to children’s social care. Full story: Family Law Week.

Resolution welcomes new Justice Secretary
Resolution today welcomed Rt Hon Liz Truss MP in her role as the new Secretary of State for Justice. Full story: Resolution.

Legal aid residence test was ultra vires, Supreme Court says in full judgment
Nearly three months after taking the unprecedented step of allowing an appeal to the government’s plans to introduce a civil legal aid residence test midway through its hearing, the Supreme Court today handed down its full judgment in the case. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Marriage continues decline and cohabitation increases since 2002
Latest ONS figures show that just over half the adult population are married. Full story: Family Law Week.

Cafcass private law demand
In June 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,599 new private law cases.  This is a 6% increase on June 2015 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in June 2016
In June 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,265 care applications.  This figure represents a 13% increase compared to those received in June 2015. Full story: Cafcass.

London Borough Tower Hamlets v B [2016] EWHC 1707 (Fam) (13 July 2016)
Judgment following application by local authority to remove children from household, in case where it was feared that child will seek to join ISIS. Full report: Bailii.

A (A Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 759 (13 July 2016)
Appeal against the making of a declaration that it was lawful to remove respiratory support from tetraplegic child. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Re N (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 656 (19 April 2016)
Appeal by brother of girl subject to pending care proceedings against refusal of permission to apply for contact. Appeal allowed. Full report: Family Law Week.

Rodwell, Re [2016] EWHC 1731 (Fam) (10 June 2016)
Hague Convention proceedings concerning children removed from Portugal by mother. Order requiring mother's solicitor to attend court to give such evidence as they may have as to the whereabouts of the mother or the children. Full report: Bailii.

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